President / Consultant
"The years spent building JWA have been the most rewarding for me... from handpicking our outstanding team of consultants, research associates, and support staff, to working with the highest-calibre clients and candidates, we have built a strong firm that has made a unique mark in the executive search profession."
BA, Trent University (1970)
MA, Carleton University (1971)
PhD, University of Toronto (1977)
Honorary LLD, University of Waterloo (1999)
For more than twenty years, Janet Wright has built her reputation in the profession of executive search. Her early career included university-level teaching in Canada and in France, and a management role in a public-sector research group. She then spent fourteen years in executive search with other firms, before founding her own firm, Janet Wright & Associates Inc., in 1995.
Some of Janet’s recently completed searches include: President and Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation; Vice-President, Research, Laurentian University; Dean, Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta; and Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Western University.
"Helping organizations find the right leaders has always been very satisfying work. In today’s competitive environment, it’s more critical than ever, and I have valued the role I have played in helping institutions find the very best."
BA, Wilfrid Laurier University (1970)
Jim brings 25 years of executive search experience to JWA. He was previously president and co-founder of a national search firm that focused primarily on senior-level search in the public and not-for-profit sector. Prior to that, he was a consultant with two other executive search firms whose clients included both private and public-sector organizations. Before entering the search profession, Jim enjoyed a career in the corporate sector.
Jim has successfully completed assignments on behalf of universities, community colleges, health care organizations, school boards, municipal governments, and independent schools. Some of Jim's recently completed searches include: Senior Vice President Finance and Corporate Services, Loyalist College; Dean of Continuing Education, Grant MacEwan University; and University Librarian, Lakehead University.